I participated in the Amwell blog program as a member of One2One Network. I received compensation but all opinions are my own.
This past winter, I took my kids to the pediatrician’s office at least 9 times. Each sick visit cost $140 out of pocket because of our high deductible insurance. We spent $1,260 on sick visits alone from January to April. A trip to the local retail clinic would have cost $80 per visit, $720 out of pocket.
We’re still paying off the sick visits. We’re also paying for for my middle son’s broken arm and his asthma medications which were $140 per inhaler until we met our deductible and paid only $40 per inhaler. Given our short experience, I can see why families can get into debt with medical expenses so easily.
Sometimes our sick visits were not necessary. Sometimes they were since only a hands-on visit with a strep test could determine strep. While I could have saved money by going to the local retail clinic, I was limited by their hours, like the pediatrician’s office, and the visits were first come first served.
As a mom of 5 kids, sometimes I just want a quick assessment. Pinkeye is pretty easy to diagnose. The flu is, too. Not to mention poison ivy and poison oak. I want to talk to a doctor in the comfort of my home without worrying about bundling up the sick child.
American Well (Amwell)
American Well (Amwell) is the nation’s largest telehealth company, connecting users with board certified, licensed doctors for immediate and live, online visits – day or night, on either mobile or desktop. Amwell employs primary care and specialist physicians, as well as licensed behavioral therapists and registered dietitians, to meet patients’ health and wellness needs. Amwell doctors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and are dedicated to keeping you healthy – all from the comfort of your home.
See a doctor anytime on your iPhone or iPad. Amwell brings healthcare home, so that you and your family can feel better, faster. Doctors on Amwell are board certified, with an average of 15 years in practice. They are available 24/7, with no appointment needed.
Have a question to ask a doctor? Get the care you need quickly – typical issues include:
- Sinus infection
- Sore throat
- Urinary tract infection
- Sprains and strains
- Respiratory infection
- Weight concerns
- Smoking cessation
My Amwell Experience: Diagnosing my Toe Injury
At the beginning of June, I did something to one of my toes on my right foot while I was out for a walk. Because it was graduation week for my Kindergartener and high school senior, I put off doing anything about my toe and just hobbled around. Then, swim lessons started up, and we were off on various day trips. There was never a good time to see a doctor about my toe. Plus, I figured it would heal by itself. It was just a jammed toe, wasn’t it?
Last week, I tried Amwell with the intention of getting some answers about my toe that was taking awhile to heal. I can bend the toe now, but the area above the toe was still sore. I was worried that my recent pursuit of CrossFit had made the issue worse since I was ignoring the injury.
I downloaded the Amwell app on my iPhone. It’s also available for the iPad, and integrates with Apple’s Health App.
Before your first visit, you will need to set up your account. Amwell is free to join. You pay for your medical care at the time of the visit. Amwell doctor visits are available in 46 states, and accepted by major insurers with more added every day.
Once I was signed up, I immediately went through the process of setting up an appointment. You have a choice of a doctor’s visit (10 – 15 minutes), session with a dietician (30 minutes), or session with a therapist (45 minutes). I chose the doctor’s visit.
If you want to sync your health information before setting up an appointment, you can. The doctor can see this information while talking with you during your visit. Otherwise you enter your medical history, medications, and blood pressure if you have the information.
After filling in my medical information, insurance information, and the reason for my visit, I was shown the available doctors. After waiting a few minutes for the doctor to review my information, we talked about my toe injury. Since most toe injuries usually are better in 4 weeks, my doctor recommended I see an orthopedic surgeon for an x-ray to rule out a broken toe.
Afterwards, the doctor followed up with a secure message in the Amwell app with his recommendation along with pertinent health recommendations like blood pressure screening given my age. Since I have to enter a password every time I log into the Amwell app, I feel secure having the app on my iPhone.
My Review of the American Well App
- The app was easy to install on my iPhone, and I had no difficulty finding it in the App store.
- The cost of a visit, $49, is within my budget if insurance doesn’t cover the cost of the sick visit.
- I love the convenience of talking with a doctor in my home, or away on vacation. If I need a prescription filled, the app can find the nearest pharmacy.
- As a fitness lover, I love that I can track my health information with my iPhone and have it integrate automatically with the Amwell app.
- The doctors are board-certified with an average of 15 years in practice which means lots of real-world experience.
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